So near and yet so far: these are the Independent candidates who ALMOST won

So near and yet so far: these are the Independent candidates who ALMOST won

So near and yet so far: these are the Independent candidates who almost won seats in the 2024 general election.

Vox Political supported these candidates and This Writer was sorry to see them fail – but some of these stories are heroic and worth commemorating.

Top of the list has to be Leanne Mohamad, who came within 529 votes of removing Wes Streeting from his Ilford North Parliamentary seat.

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Here’s her statement, as posted on X:

She wrote:

Yesterday, we stood against the two-party nightmare and nearly won, falling short by only 528 votes. I received 15,119 and the labour Party’s Wes Streeting 15,647. He had all the money and party machinery behind him. We built a people-powered movement from the ground up and brought people together. I want to thank my wonderful volunteers, who traveled from near and far to help me.

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. I would also like to thank my friend and campaign manager Salma for running such a professional campaign.

What we did in Ilford North will be remembered for many years.

For my opponent, Wes Streeting, it was a pyrrhic victory, in a campaign where he toured the country at the expense of engaging with his constituents. We all know Wes needs to find a narrative that absolves himself of his shocking performance in this election, his inadequacies as a local MP and his lamentable position on the Gaza genocide. My community will continue to hold him to account.

We ran a hopeful campaign. My incredible team and I spent the past six weeks knocking on doors and engaging in tens of thousands of conversations with my friends and neighbours in Ilford North. We ran a campaign that was positive and uplifting and brought our communities closer together.

While the political establishment, Labour and Tory, seeks to divide us, I have shown that elections can be fought on the basis of hope, not fear.

Also second – in Holborn & St Pancras, where Keir Starmer won, meaning this result could have made a huge difference – was Andrew Feinstein.

Here’s Craig Murray’s statement, after losing in Blackburn:

After Labour controversially dropped her as the party’s candidate in Chingford and Woodford Green, Faiza Shaheen stood as an Independent candidate. Sadly, she came third, behind the Labour candidate who replaced her and the Tory incumbent, Iain Duncan Smith.

That’s right. Because Labour dumped Ms Shaheen, Iain Duncan Smith was returned to Parliament. This triggered some discontent:

Ms Shaheen also had this to say:

In Harrow West, Pamela Fitzpatrick came third. She stated:

These were all great candidates who deserved to do better.

Sadly, our politicians had devalued the system so badly, in the eyes of voters, that nearly two-fifths of the electorate could not bring themselves to visit their local polling station.

If they had been properly informed, and knew that there were genuine choices available to them, matters might have been different. But then, that’s probably why they weren’t.

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One Comment

  1. Tony July 7, 2024 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I was very surprised that Emma Dent Coad did so badly. She should have been a very viable candidate.
    Still, you cannot always predict these things.

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